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Robert Winner

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Daylight Savings Time

On 10 March 2013 at 2 AM we again employ daylight time in some places and maintain regular time in others.

It has been argued that it should save electrical use but there are no studies that suggest this occurs.

In the US a chief of a Indian reservation once stated: Only the white man could think that if you cut off one foot at one end of a blanket and sewed it on the other end that the blanket would be longer.

Does daylight savings time still serve a purpose .... should it be stopped?

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    Mar 11 2013: I thought for a long time that its purpose was to try to reduce crime in the later hours of the day, but I know that even this statement is contested. DST I believe tries to normalize sunrise times but I'm not sure if that was the problem to begin with. I like george's comment; at this point in time, it doesn't seem to serve much of a beneficial purpose.
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      Mar 11 2013: And I thought it had something to do with agriculture.
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        Mar 14 2013: I'm not sure if these were the only purposes, as this wiki image seems to bring up a good reason to keep it: attempting to normalize sleep schedules:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SpringFwd-FallBack.jpg
        Actually I'm pretty sure this was not the main intention but it still seems reasonable for those of us who live far from the equator to attempt to normalize sleep cycles.

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